Sixty percent of voters approve of Ankara mayor - survey

Some 60 percent of Turkish voters are happy with the performance of Ankara mayor Mansur Yavaş, according to the results of a survey conducted by Kadir Has University.

Yavaş, the opposition alliance’s candidate, was elected mayor in local polls last year in March. Ekrem İmamoğlu, another opposition politician, achieved a similar success in Istanbul, by defeating the candidate of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) in the March polls and a rerun election in June.

Losing local elections in Ankara and Istanbul was a major blow for Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, as Turkey’s capital and largest city had been ruled by Islamist mayors for 25 years. 

Yavaş, who comes from a nationalist background, is seen positively by 80 percent of the mainly Kurdish People’s Democratic Party (HDP) voters who participated to the “Turkey Trends 2019” survey. 

Some 80 percent of the opposition nationalist Good Party supporters find Yavaş successful, while the mayor has an 70 percent approval rate among the supporters of the far-right Nationalist Movement Party (MHP), which has formed an alliance with the AKP.

More than 32 percent of AKP voters also approve Yavaş’s performance, while 54.1 percent of them think the mayor is neither successful nor unsuccessful.

İmamoğlu, who is seen as a potential rival for Erdoğan in 2023 presidential elections, is seen as successful by 39.1 percent of voters, the survey results showed. More than 93 percent of Good Party voters, 66.6 percent of HDP voters and 66.2 percent of the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) voters said they were happy with the mayor’s performace.

Some 27.5 percent said they would definitely vote for İmamoğlu if he led a political party, while 25.1 percent might consider voting for the politician. İmamoğlu is supported by 58.1 percent of CHP voters, while he has a 10.2 percent support among AKP voters as a potential leader of a political party.